When it comes to gathering with friends, whether it be as simple as stretching an evening meal to feed a couple of unexpected guests or as lavish as an elaborate weekend party, we often think of Summer as the rightful time of year for entertaining.
But allow me to argue the case for Winter gatherings. I think it is when evenings turn dark early and nights leave us desiring warmth that we need the solace of good company and good food more than ever. Where the warmer months bring with them a carefree whimsy and a quest for fun, Winter can allow opportunity for thoughtful conversations over bowls of soup, for sitting fireside and appreciating the warmth of good people, for being able to fulfil grateful friends' basic needs with a bowl of something nourishing and delicious.
And if you do want to gather people at this time of year, may I suggest a few sure-to-please meals?
Gnudi with wilted bitter greens (this was my favourite go-to recipe when I discovered it last winter)
Pumpkin, Spinach & Fetta Pie via Rethink Nutrition
Nigella's Gingery Hot Duck Salad
Hello Sweet Pea's Roast Pumpkin & Fennel Soup
Pioneer Woman's Rice Pudding (this indulgent and warming and involves a kick of whiskey. Enough said)